How Does This Work Again?
April 21, 2014
How is India? How was your flight(s)? Did you get a lot of knitting done? Have you bought any bangles yet? Don’t wait for the good bangles. They’re all good bangles. With bangles, more is more.
While you’re blasting us with colorful Instagrams (you are @annshayne on Instagram, for those who want to be able to watch your little videos over there), I’m still here, knitting 1500 yards of laceweight merino/silk (Juniper Moon Farm Findley) into a Leaves of Grass shawl.
I’ve had some Realizations.
Knitting flat things in the round over a small number of stitches is not my thing. I’m amazed that it’s anybody’s thing. If it’s your thing, I have news for you: there are easier things. This is chart A of Leaves of Grass (above). I knit it three times (I think the photo is Attempt 2). I didn’t make mistakes as much as I made Quality Control Errors, with gaps and STUFF THAT I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT OK? It’s the very center of the shawl. It had to be OK. In the process, I proved that Juniper Moon Farm Findley is a durable material that can stand up to repeated ripping and re-knitting, with nary a pill or a chafe. (Just like my soul.)
Chart B. Still struggling. It’s not that it’s hard. It’s that it requires my attention. Generally, I knit (a) on the subway or (b) after 10 at night. I usually knit things that can be knit on the subway and/or after 10, with no problem. I kept messing up. I kept unknitting 144 stitches, stitch by stitch, to get back to where the latest mistake was. I invented a whole new category of mistake where you place a different-colored marker on the mistake so you know how far back you have to un-knit, and then you fix the mistake but you don’t remove the marker so the next time you hit that marker you think it’s the one that marks the beginning of a new round. Hilarity ensues!
Chart C. Thanks to the fact that Chart C is repeated 6 times, I had a few glimmers of my former self esteem, somewhere around the 4th repeat.
And now: Chart D. I kiss the ground of Chart D. Chart D is symmetrical. It is heavenly in its rigorous predictability and low puzzle factor.
It is also 580 stitches per round, but hey: I like to knit.
Happy Monday, all.